Getting to know you: Kelda Martensen

Each week we ask a Seattle artist to answer 11 personal questions. Last week, Brian Britigan. This week: Kelda Martensen!


Kelda Martensen’s collage and print works are like dreams about travelling to places that are part familiar and part fantastical: a motel en route to Alaska, a floating house full of birds, an inviting path of stepping stones that leads into thin air. They make us want to drive on snowy roads, or walk through a giant redwood forest, or casually stroll through outer space.


Where is your studio?  Basement of my house in West Seattle

Native Seattleite or transplant?  I grew up in the south sound and moved back to the Seattle area in 2009 after 11 years living outside of Washington

What’s on your studio soundtrack?  Podcasts, my husband’s music blog:, Rickie Lee Jones, Neko Case and other nostalgic favorites

Who is your art history crush?  Though not that bygone but definitely a big crush, Nancy Spero…also Kathë Kollwitz

What is your favorite Seattle summer activity?  Taking our dog swimming in the sound, canoeing and being on the beach

Where is the best coffee in town?  Such a hard call! Our local Bird On A Wire coffee shop

What is the last book you read?  Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons and currently reading Of Woman Born by Adrienne Rich

What is your most treasured possession?  Besides my dog? My etching press! And my the art of my friends in the house

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  Shaping cabinet doors on an assembly line

What super power would you like to have?  Time bending

What is your favorite piece on Artsyo (that’s not yours)?  Also so hard to answer! I know I haven’t seen all the work on Artsyo but I love Rachel Maxi‘s work on there, and I just saw this piece by Susanna Bluhm that I like a lot

Thanks Kelda!

See more of Kelda Martensen’s work on Artsyo.